National Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month 2011

Patting ourselves on the backs… because we can

Lucky us, we’ve just discovered that September is National “Be Kind to Writers and Editors” Month!

Established in 1984 by Lone Star Publishing of San Antonio, Texas — not surprisingly by the same group that blocked off one week in July as “Be Nice to New Jersey Week” — Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month honors those hardworking individuals that make the world a more interesting place, both through their narratives and their naturally odd demeanors.

Courtesy of, here are some ways that you can be kind to your loved ones who are writers and editors:

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  • Sharpen all the pencils in the house. A writer needs one!
  • Stay off the computer. A writer might have an epiphany just as you are winning your game of Solitaire.
  • Do not interrupt your loved one while they are working. We have lost many ideas this way.
  • Do not let your toddler use the computer paper as a doodle pad. What if your writer has an award-winning novel at his fingertips? There will not be one sheet of paper to print it on.
  • If your writer/editor is blonde, take the initiative to clean the white-out off of the computer screen.
  • Make plenty of coffee; everyone knows that writers always wait until the last minute to finish a project. They will be up until 3 a.m. trying to decide if they should use “media is” or “media are.”
  • Offer to baby-sit for the writer/editor in your life. They might not get any work done, but the kids will be out of their hair for a while!

Happy Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month!


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